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Toy Therapy: 5 Toys for Kids with Special Needs

These toys will help build skills without being overly challenging.
The Inchworm

If your child has special needs, it's important to find toys that challenge her without being discouraging, says Diana Nielander, of the National Lekotek Center, a nonprofit dedicated to making play accessible to children with disabilities. The organization partnered with Toys "R" Us to put together its 2008 Toy Guide for Differently Abled Kids -- check out these picks from the guide.

Gross Motor Skills
The Inchworm by Radio Flyer (2 to 5 years)

The worm moves forward when your child bounces up and down, which encourages him to use his legs and trunk muscles for balance. $45